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Front Page - Friday, December 7, 2018

Newsmakers: Dhanani is new Double Cola COO




Gina Dhanani is the new chief operations officer of Double Cola Company. Dhanani has been with Double Cola for nearly 15 years and has served as the company’s vice president since 2012. In her new role, Dhanani will design and implement operations, establish policies and oversee company operations and the work of executives.

Sheriff appoints new chief deputy

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond has chosen Austin Garrett to be his new chief deputy. Garrett will serve as head of the command staff and as the Hammond’s executive administrator responsible for the daily operation of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. The chief deputy is also directly responsible for overseeing all law enforcement, corrections, and civilian personnel.

Garrett is a 25-year veteran of the Chattanooga Police Department. His most recent position with the police was lieutenant for tactical and traffic operations. In this role, Garrett was responsible for managing and leading 13 specialized units.

Garrett holds a Bachelor of Science from Bethel University and is a recent graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy. In 2012, he graduated from the Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy. Garrett is a master Mason with the Brainerd Masonic Lodge and a board member for the Forgotten Child Fund.

Garrett will assume the role of chief deputy on Feb. 8.

Hays to retire from Enterprise Center

Ken Hays, longtime civic leader and urban developer, will step down as president and CEO of The Enterprise Center at the end of the organization’s fiscal year next June. Hays was tapped to lead the independent economic development non-profit in 2014.

Under Hays’ leadership, The Enterprise Center is best known for creating and managing Chattanooga’s 140-acre downtown Innovation District, creating the digital equity program, Tech Goes Home Chattanooga, and leading the creation of the Chattanooga Smart Community Collaborative to join forces with local partners on research projects in the energy, transportation, and health care sectors.

Prior to his time at The Enterprise Center, Hays was a partner in the real estate development firm of Kinsey Probasco Hays, president of RiverCity Company, chief of staff to Chattanooga Mayor Jon Kinsey and President Carter’s assistant chief of protocol.

Chatt. Chamber promotes Scott

The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce has promoted Darian Scott to director of talent and economic inclusion.

Scott, a five-year Chamber employee, previously served as the Chamber’s community outreach coordinator. Scott also led work in specific communities that convened stakeholders to collectively solve community challenges, including launching the Orchard Knob Community PTA to support Orchard Knob Middle School.

In his new role, Scott will implement programs and initiatives to promote diverse economic development and inclusive workplaces. This will include programs, events and strategies to support minority businesses, women-owned enterprises and young and mid-career professionals.

Huang joins Heart Institute

The Chattanooga Heart Institute at CHI Memorial has added Robert Huang, M.D. to its staff of more than two-dozen cardiologists. Huang earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his residency and internship in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, as well as fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology.

While at Vanderbilt University, Huang also earned a master’s in public health. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and interventional cardiology. Huang comes to the Heart Institute with experience as a previous STEMI director, radial program director, and cath lab quality/AMI director.

Memorial adds to convenient care

CHI Memorial Medical Group has welcomed Katherine Dodd, Kayla Johnson and Bradley Hamilton to CHI Memorial Convenient Care – Atrium.

Dodd received her master’s degree in nursing from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale. She has previous experience as a nurse and nurse practitioner in both the hospital and primary care settings. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Johnson received her master’s in nursing at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She previously worked at an urgent care practice in Dunlap. Johnson is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Hamilton earned a master’s in health science from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in Oklahoma City. He has previous experience at urgent care practices in Texas. Hamilton is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.